Creamy Mushroom SoupFeatured by Coplan Vineyards in the Garagiste Wine Club.
A creamy and delicious mushroom soup! Pair it with a glass of Pinot Noir from your recent monthly wine club delivery.Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
• 4 tablespoons olive oil, butter or vegan butter one large onion, diced (or two fat shallots)
• 4 garlic cloves, rough chopped (2–4 more for garnish, sliced)
• 1 lb Cremini mushrooms, sliced ( or use mushrooms of your choice)
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped (or thyme)
• 1/4 cup sherry cooking wine (not vinegar) or Marsala wine or red wine
• 5 tablespoons flour (or Gluten Free flour)
• 3 cups hot veggie stock, chicken stock or beef broth (or use water with bullion cubes)
• 1/2 cup to 1 cup sour cream (3/4 cup seems just right) or use vegan sour cream, cashew cream (or use heavy cream)
• pepper to taste
Optional garnish: drizzle of truffle oil, garlic croutons, crusty bread!
Heat oil or butter in a large, heavy-bottom pot or dutch oven. Add onion and saute over medium-high heat, 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly until golden and fragrant. Lower heat to medium, add garlic, saute 2 minutes.
Add the sliced mushrooms, salt and rosemary. Sauté 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, taking your time here, allowing mushrooms to release all their liquid. Add the cooking sherry (do not mistake this for sherry vinegar). Turn the heat up, and cook this completely, stirring until most or all of the liquid in the pan has cooked -- about 3-4 minutes, and mushrooms glisten. Optional: Set aside 1/4 cup mushrooms for garnish.
Turn the heat back down to medium, sprinkle the flour over top, stir constantly, toasting it for 1-2 minutes. Add one cup of hot stock and stir it in WELL, getting all those browned bits (in corners and bottom) mixed in. (A wood spoon works well here.) Add the second cup of stock, stirring well to combine, then add the third cup of stock and bring it to a gentle simmer, whisking. It will thicken.
Stir in the sour cream until 4 fully incorporated. Season with pepper and taste for salt.
If you would like a thinner soup, add a little more broth, readjusting the salt. To make the garlic chips, thinly slice garlic (the long ways). Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a little saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic slices, not overlapping, sprinkle with a little salt, and turn over when golden, about 3 minutes. Cook other side until golden and crispy. Set on a paper towel. At the same time you could toss in a few more rosemary leaves.
To Serve: Ladle in bowls and top with a few slices of mushrooms and garlic chips and a drizzle of truffle oil. Serve with crusty bread.
Author: Sylvia Fountaine